In the previous two posts in the series, we looked at how to enroll into the Apple Deployment Program and how to connect your MDM solution to DEP. In part three of the series, I’ll show you how to add devices in to the Device Enrollment Program so the devices can be added to your MDM automatically, without the need to hook them up to Apple Configurator (YAY!)
The first step will actually take place inside of your MDM console. Before we add devices to Apple’s DEP, we’ll want to create an enrollment profile that Apple will use when enrolling these devices for us. Disclaimer: the following screenshots are from AirWatch. The process is probably similar for other MDM products but I cannot guarantee that. Please refer to your product’s documentation to properly create the enrollment profile.
There are three methods for adding devices to the Apple DEP. The first is “Assign by Serial Number.” In this method, each devices’ serial number needs to be entered manually (or copied and pasted) or uploaded in a .csv file. This method allows you to have complete control over which devices become part of the program. Remember, it’s been my experience thus far, that once a device is added to the program and configured using DEP, it cannot be configured via Apple Configurator. Add the serial numbers, select which MDM you want the devices assigned and click “Assign Now.”
The second method for adding devices is “Assign by Order Number.” This method makes it easier to upload and associate many devices at a time but it gives you a bit less control over which devices are enrolled in the program. Enter the order number then choose which MDM Server you wish to assign the devices and click “Assign Now.”
The third method for adding devices is “Upload CSV File.” This is a simple csv file that contains only the serial numbers for the devices you wish to enroll. You can download the template, but there’s nothing on it except for a couple of sample serial numbers. No headers, no nothing. Once you’ve added the serial numbers to the csv file, upload it then choose which MDM Server you wish to assign the devices and click “Assign Now.”
Hooray! We’ve configured our profile and added devices to the program. In the next post of the series, we’ll see what it looks like on a device that is being enrolled.